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 Update: Microsoft pulled it off, and at the time of writing (2:45 pm London, 9:45 am New York), Microsoft is worth more than Google. We’ll check back in at the end of the day: – Google and Microsoft are currently locked in a dogfight to be the second-most valuable technology company in the world. Following Google’s less-than-awesome earnings report, combined with a… Read More

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 With more viewers than ever tuning into digital video services, premium publishers are looking for more ways to get in front of those audiences. With a syndication network built specifically for video, a startup called AirMedia hopes to find new distribution for premium publishers. Read More

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 Increasingly, companies that compete directly with another have been announcing major partnerships, and we saw a couple of good examples this week with Microsoft and Salesforce and IBM and SAP. Not coincidentally in my view, they both involved the cloud. That’s because companies may want to compete, but customers want their technology vendors to just get along. They need products to… Read More

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 So I’m currently hanging out in the AOL offices here in London, prepping for Disrupt. To their credit, the AOL and Huffington Post crew have been great. I have a nice desk, a coffee machine nearby, and even a can of cold Coke to drink. Sitting a this fine desk, however, I ran into a bit of sticker shock. Observe: You can’t make that up. It’s literally stuck to your monitor.… Read More

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 Today’s a big day for Apple in Asia. Fresh from launching new iPads and Macs in the US on Thursday, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally went on sale in China and India today, opening the new phones up to a combined population of more than 2.5 billion people. (They are also now retailing in Monaco, with a more modest population of less than 40,000 people, for what it’s… Read More

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 Octopus Ventures (CrunchBase listing) has become one of the most active early stage investors in the UK, backing many early individuals and businesses which went on to greater heights. These include backing Alex Chesterman all the way from Screen Select to LoveFilm and then from the early stages of Zoopla through to IPO. Another example is William Reeve, also from Screen Select and the… Read More

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 “To be brutally honest, I’m not enamored with the UK VC scene and don’t rate it very much if at all from a technology business success perspective,” says Tom Adeyoola, co-founder and CEO of Metail. “The big UK tech business successes weren’t founded on VC money.” His company, which offers virtual fitting room tech to major clothes retailers so that… Read More

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 Twitter hit a bum note with its Twitter Music service, but everyone’s favorite 140-character social network is keen as ever to light up users’ timelines with the sound of music after it launched a spiffy new update to its music card. The company already has a card that lets you play tracks in-tweet when you post a link to Soundcloud, but it now supports mobile play — via… Read More

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 A week after a video of an argument between a handful of local teenagers and Dropbox and Airbnb employees went viral, hundreds of demonstrators protested at San Francisco City Hall, asking for the city’s parks to be freely open to the public. The city’s parks and recreation general manager acquiesced, dropping the reservation requirement at night for that specific park in the… Read More

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 Social networking site Tagged is no longer going for an IPO. Instead it’s renamed itself if(we), acquired little known startup messaging app startup Tinode for an undisclosed amount and has completely changed direction to become a social app incubator instead. If(we) is essentially a brand new company, now acting as a parent brand to Tagged and social gaming site Hi5. Tagged was on a… Read More

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 Microsoft is working to repair its public image and change course by addressing the damage that CEO Satya Nadella caused last week by saying that women should, perhaps, not ask for raises. His comments immediately became an international high water mark for tone-deafness — and being flat wrong — and he continues to apologize and promise change. Read More

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 The topic of digital security often brings to mind the image of bleak and dark future, where computers, mobile devices and other systems are riddled with malware and cyber criminals lurk, ready to steal our data and crash our systems. We have good reason to be nervous. We’ve seen plenty of cyber-security breaches in the past few years, like credit card thefts at Target and password issues… Read More

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 Welcome back to a new episode of Cribs! This time around, we headed over to Eventbrite, the company behind the very popular ticketing and live events platform. If an Eventbrite Cribs tour sounds familiar, it may be because we have done one before. But that was almost three years ago, way back in 2011, and a lot has changed since then! Eventbrite has moved from its old ground floor office… Read More

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 Apple’s new OS X Yosemite operating system is now available, as a free download from the Mac App Store, and you can grab it right here. The new version of OS X should work on any Mac that was running OS X Mavericks, and provides a host of new features, like Continuity, which lets you start activities on your iOS 8 devices and pick them up on your Mac, or vice versa. The new update was… Read More

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 Apple’s new iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display were all unveiled today at a special event in Cupertino, and we had the chance to spend some time with them, albeit just a little for now. The new hardware impressed, and we’ve got all the details on their specs and availability. Check out the new iPads above, and the new iMac below. We’ve also… Read More

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 In early July we reported exclusively that Spotify community and playlist sharing site Playlists.net was in acquisition talks, with one suitor — a prominent music industry company — in the lead. Well, today comes official confirmation that the UK startup has indeed been acquired by WEA, the artist and label services company owned by major record label Warner Music Group. Terms of… Read More

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 Today following the bell, Google reported its third-quarter earnings: The company had gross revenue of $16.52 billion, revenue net of traffic acquisition costs (ex-TAC) of $13.17 billion, GAAP earnings per share of $4.09, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $6.35. Analysts had expected Google to earn $6.53 per share on a non-GAAP basis, on net ex-TAC revenue of $13.22 billion. In the… Read More

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 If you’re in the market to buy a new iPad, your choices just became dizzying. As expected, Apple announced new iPads this morning at its news conference in Cupertino, but it didn’t retire some of its older products to make way for the additions. How many iPad models can you choose from now? Five? And that’s not even counting the fact that each flavor comes with various… Read More

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 Mailcloud, where users connect their email account and organise their entire history of emails, files and content into folders sorted by person, has raised seed funding, bringing its total funding to $2.8 million. The funding is from Octopus Investments, with Bessemer Venture partners completing its first seed round in Europe. The round also includes Xavier Niel’s Kima Ventures,… Read More

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 The reports of Twitpic’s survival were greatly exaggerated. Despite claiming it had found an acquirer to save it from death following a trademark complaint from Twitter, the photo sharing service today announced that didn’t happen and it’s game over on October 25th. Users can now export their photos until the 25th, at which point they’ll vanish into the void.… Read More

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 Apple’s new desktop operating system is out today, and the final version of the major software update includes lots of changes for your Mac. It’s still OS X, though – Yosemite hasn’t gone so far afield that people used to Mavericks or Mountain Lion will feel adrift, but it comes with some impressive new additions and feature tweaks that make the overall experience of… Read More

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 Microsoft today announced that it will hold a small developer conference under the Connect() monicker in New York next month. Unlike the company’s usual developer events, which tend to center around major point releases or new products, this event is about giving developers more insight into what the company is working on and to start a conversation about those new features with developers. Read More

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KKR, a private equity firm, is investing about $55 million in Arago AG, a company which develops artificial-intelligence software that companies can use to cut costs. The Germany based company is headed up by tech-legend Chris Boos and Dr. Bernhard Walther. The main competitor to Arago is IPSoft. Boos says the market opportunity is of $1.2 trillion. Arago main product is… Read More

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 Surprise! We all knew new iPads and Macs were coming, but Apple snuck in one more little bit of news at the tail-end of today’s announcement: new Mac Minis. So what’s new? The most obvious change is the price, which is dropping from $599 to $499 for the base model. That’s a price cut of nearly 20% from generation to generation. Read More

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 Anonymous social media app Whisper might be tracking the location of users via GPS or IP address on their smartphones and then handing that info over to the U.S. Department of Defense, according to the Guardian. The Guardian says it discovered the L.A.-based startup was pinpointing user locations within 500 meters, even after some of them had opted out of the ability to be tracked during a… Read More

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